What—and Who—Game of Thrones Fans Love and Hate the Most, According to Twitter

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Helen Sloan, HBO

Game of Thrones will no doubt go down in TV history as one of the most influential series ever, as the show attracts an enormous audience (the season 7 finale drew a record 16.5 million viewers) and has an incredibly dedicated fan base. Viewers are always coming up with new theories about what’s to come in new episodes, have named their pets after their favorite characters, and of course, are constantly discussing the show on social media.

As the final season is premiering in just a few days, we’re looking at results from musicMagpie, which analyzed Twitter discussions about the show (131 million tweets, to be exact) to see which moments generated the most chatter, who fans love the most, and who has made them the most angry—along with the most sad.

The most talked about episodes on the platform include, in order, season 7’s “The Dragon and the Wolf,” season 6’s “The Winds of Winter,” season 7’s “Beyond the Wall,” season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards,” and season 7’s “Dragonstone.” Similarly unsurprising, the most talked about characters are as follows:

  1. Jon Snow (2,910,331 mentions)
  2. Daenerys Targaryen 2,654,984 mentions)
  3. Arya Stark (1,374,955 mentions)
  4. Sansa Stark (1,080,462 mentions)
  5. Tyrion Lannister (991,965 mentions)

But beyond the most talked-about characters, the results on who people love and hate the most are much more interesting. According to musicMagpie's sentiment analysis, fans on Twitter have expressed the most joy about Tormund and Brienne! (Note: many of the main characters don’t make top spots listed below. Also, Tywin Lannister? Talk about a wildcard.) Below are the most-loved characters, according to the percentage of tweets about them that can be characterized as "joyful."

  1. Tormund Giantsbane - 57 percent joy
  2. Brienne of Tarth - 49 percent joy
  3. Samwell Tarly - 42 percent joy
  4. Tyrion Lannister - 42 percent joy
  5. Arya Stark - 37 percent joy
  6. Ygritte Wildling - 37 percent joy
  7. Tywin Lannister - 37 percent joy

As for the most hated characters, whom Twitter users have posted the most angry messages about? They are as follows:

  1. Bronn - 24 percent anger
  2. Bran Stark - 17 percent anger
  3. Joffrey Baratheon - 17 percent anger
  4. Theon Greyjoy - 17 percent anger
  5. Jaime Lannister - 16 percent anger
  6. Shae - 15 percent anger
  7. Sansa Stark - 14 percent anger

And finally, seemingly the most upsetting moment in Game of Throneshistory—at least in terms of social media chatter—seemes to be the death of Daenerys's dragon Viserion, as 82 percent of tweets about him are sad.

We can only imagine the magnitude of fan tweets come during the final season, as we’re expecting an episode-long battle, some major revelations, and inevitably, someone to end up on the Iron Throne. Game of Thrones returns on April 14.

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Mark Hamill Learned About The Empire Strikes Back's Big Darth Vader Reveal Before Anyone Else

Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
Nope, not even Harrison Ford knew about it.
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Few cinematic secrets were better kept—or more shocking when they came out—than that of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa's true parentage in the Star Wars saga. According to ComicBook.com, the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke and Leia's father was such a well-kept secret that it wasn't actually put into the script at all. Evidently, only three people on set knew about the moment in advance: Mark Hamill, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner. (Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was also aware.)

Hamill took to Twitter to explain the pivotal part of the franchise, during which a fake line was used so the actual reveal could be dubbed in afterwards, allowing the trio to keep the secret from the cast and crew for more than a year.

"The cast & crew first learned of it when they saw the finished film," Hamill said to his fans on Twitter. "When we shot it, Vader's line was 'You don't know the truth, Obi-Wan killed your father.' Only Irvin Kershner, George Lucas & I knew what would be dubbed in later. Agony keeping that secret for over a year!"

Props to them for not letting the spoiler slip early. Even with the pressure of keeping such a big plot twist under wraps, Lucas says financial concerns were what plagued him most.

“Well, to be very honest, the most challenging aspect was paying for [The Empire Strikes Back],” Lucas recently told StarWars.com. “In order to be able to take control of the movie, I had to pay for it myself. And in order to do that, I did something my father told me never to do, which was to borrow money. But there wasn’t much I could do because I only had maybe half of the money to make the movie, so I had to borrow the other half, which put a lot of pressure on me.”

If you feel like reminiscing about a galaxy far, far away, check out this year's May the Fourth celebration compilation here. And if you want to see the twist for yourself (whether it's for the first or the hundredth time), all nine movies in the Skywalker Saga are now streaming on Disney+.

[h/t ComicBook.com]

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